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Issues Surrounding Aging Relatives

One of the most difficult responsibilities families face is taking care of relatives who can no longer take care of themselves. It has been projected that boomers will spend more time taking care of their parents than they did raising their children. During a special week-long series, “Families on the Brink: What to do About Mom & Dad,” Diane Sawyer and several ABC News correspondents will take an in-depth look at the sensitive and serious issues caregivers face. This Special Series on the Issues Surrounding Aging Relatives and Those Who Care for Them began airing on “World News with Diane Sawyer” Monday, January 31st.

If you missed the first episode and want to catch up and follow the rest of the series…click here.

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Aging Signs To Watch For #3

#3:  Pay attention to your parents’ appearance. Are they taking care of themselves? Are their clothes clean?

Also pay attention to your parents’ home. Are the lights working? Is the heat on? Are the bathrooms clean? Is the yard overgrown? Any big changes in the way your parents do things around the house could provide clues to their health. For example, scorched pots could mean your parents are forgetting about food cooking on the stove.

Neglected housework and/or failure to keep up with daily routines such as bathing, tooth brushing and other basic grooming can be a sign of depression, dementia or other problems.